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Charged with a crime? Listen to your attorney's advice

Have you been charged with a crime? If so, we have some advice for you that you really need to heed if you hope to come out of the situation with the best possible outcome.

Here's what you need to know:

1. Call your attorney before you talk to the police

Why? Because absolutely no good can come from talking to the police without your attorney present. As one criminal defense attorney said, "I can't think of anyone who has ever talked their way out of being charged."

Trust us. You won't be the first person to accomplish it. The police are only interested in charging you -- not hearing your side of the story.

2. Don't talk -- or write -- to anyone about your case without your attorney's permission

That's advice you need to take to heart. Sometimes defendants in famous cases (remember Jodi Arias?) have gone so far as to grant media interviews -- which can then be used in court as evidence.

Other defendants make less obvious mistakes. For example, they might write the judge to complain about something -- and inadvertently reveal information that could be used against them in court. Some have been known to write to the prosecutor -- and there's absolutely no way that a letter is going to convince a prosecutor to drop the charges against you.

3. Watch what you say on the jailhouse phone

Even though inmates are told their calls are monitored or recorded, many of them still think they can get away with discussing their cases and not get caught. Don't try it. Don't try it even if you think you have a foolproof "code" you can use. Someone is still likely to figure out what you are saying, and the tape of that call will get played in court.

Your criminal defense attorney's job is to look out for your best interests -- so help your attorney out and listen to what he or she says. You'll be doing yourself the biggest favor.

If you've been charged with a crime and are trying to find an experienced defense attorney, contact our office to discuss your case.

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